Whether you meet in a live group, or meet via virtually via video conference, getting your mastermind group together for a 3-day Retreat Weekend will change the complexion of your group forever.
Over the past 10 years, many of my virtual mastermind groups get together for a three-day Mastermind Group Retreat Weekend. We’d typically start early on Friday morning and run until lunchtime on Sunday. The purpose of our annual Retreat Weekend was to create a focus and a plan for the coming year.
The group in the photo had been meeting via video conference every month for 4 years but had never met in person. Some members have left and new ones have joined the group, but the core has stayed steady. After four years of meeting together monthly through Zoom, we decided to finally meet in person.
The energy was amazing! We had gotten to know each other in our monthly virtual meetings which were 90 minutes long. Spending three days together took our mastermind group to an entirely different level.
During the Covid pandemic, many mastermind groups moved from face-to-face meetings to virtual meetings. I’m hearing that some groups are beginning to meet face-to-face again, but that some members still aren’t comfortable in a small conference room with others. So, can you create a Retreat Weekend as a virtual event?
The answer is, “Absolutely!” Lots of conferences went virtual in 2020 and 2021 and were successful. Retreat Weekends, or even a Retreat Day, can work well for your members. You’ll have to convert your face-to-face exercises and planning sessions to a virtual model, but shared Google Doc and other tools will help the group to work together, and the shared meals might become virtual coffee or wine events. Here are some tips for keeping members engaged during long, virtual meetings and events.
Two and a half days seems to work for people in a face-to-face environment. You can shorten it to one day or one and a half days.
There are so many agenda variations you can play with during your retreat weekends, depending on what the people in your mastermind group need and want:
As you can see, a Retreat Weekend gives you a chance to mastermind to a level that you can’t do in shorter meetings. It also gives your members a chance to socialize, building stronger bonds with each other.